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company with it:  'tis all disjointed.    Madame -----, wlio
though a learned lady, has not lost her modesty and character, is extremely scandalised with the other two dames, especially with Moll Worthless0, who knows no bounds. She is at
rivalry with Lady W.10 for a certain Mr.------, whom perhaps
you knew at Oxford. If you did not, I'll tell you: he is a grave young man by temper, and a rich one by constitution ; a shallow creature by nature, but a wit by the grace of our women here, whom he deals with as of old with the Oxford toasts. He fell into sentiments with my Lady W. and was happy to catch her at Platonic love; but as she seldom stops there, the poor man will be frightened out of his senses when she shall break the matter to him; for he never dreamt that her purposes were so naught. Lady Mary is so far gone, that to get him from the mouth of her antagonist she literally took him out to dance country dances last night at a formal ball, where there was no measure kept in laughing at her old, foul, tawdry, painted, plastered personage. She played at pharaoh two or three times at Princess Craon's, where she cheats horse and foot. She is really entertaining: I have been reading her works, which she lends out in manuscript, but they are too womanish: I like few of her performances. I forgot to tell
you a good answer of Lady Pomfret to Mr.------, who asked
her if she did not approve Platonic love ? * Lord, sir,' says she, ' I am sure any one that knows me never heard that I had any love but one, and there sit two proofs of it,' pointing to her two daughters.
So I have given you a sketch of our employments, and answered your questions, and will with pleasure as many more as you have about you.
that only (excepting perhaps the lessons of the younger Scarlatti), was what he chiefly regarded.' 9 Lady Mary Worthy-Montagu.           10 Lady Walpole.